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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jackson Hole Pronghorn fawn recruitment is off the chart this year at an index of 80 fawns per 100 does, twice the normal birthing pattern for these parts..........So here is a case of every pre columbian carnivore(Griz and Black Bears, Wolves, Coyotes, Pumas, Golden and Bald Eagles) being present in the Jackson Hole bioregion and the Pronghorns are thriving regardless..............Weather, Weather, Weather is my guess for the surge of our speediest herbivore-----warm winter, an earlier spring green-up and "presto"--more Elk on the range-------Please enter in and provide your insights to what I am missing in describing this phenomena

Jackson Hole pronghorn population near record


JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — State biologists have counted near-record numbers of summering pronghorn antelope in Jackson Hole this year. In addition, they have found the highest fawn ratios since modern record-keeping started in Jackson Hole.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department survey is used to determine hunting quotas and seasons for the following year. It's a trend survey and is not considered a census count of the population.
Game and Fish wildlife biologist Doug Brimeyer says he counted some 400 pronghorn in the area, including about 260 in Grand Teton National Park.

Brimeyer tells the Jackson Hole News  Guide  that he is seeing about 80 fawns per 100 does this year. That's well above the usual 40 to 60 seen in Jackson Hole.



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